Bimal Kumar Lahiri, 83, of Milford, MA passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 in Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston. He was the devoted husband of Minati (Banerji) Lahiri, and a loving father to his two daughters.
Bimal was born in Burma in 1937, the son of the late Kulachandra and Saroj Bala (Bhattacharya) Lahiri. Upon the death of his father when he was 13 years old, as the eldest son, Bimal assumed the role as head of the family and became responsible for the well-being of his mother, sisters, and brother. Bimal found full-time employment to financially provide for his family at the age of 15, and went to night school to earn a Bachelor in Commerce Degree from Surendranath College in Calcutta, India. He remained the ever-selfless provider for his siblings upon the death of his mother, a role Bimal lovingly maintained his entire life with his own family after coming to the United States.
An immigrant with democratic ideals and big American Dreams, Bimal moved to New York City, the home of Lady Liberty, in 1970. Several years after marrying his wife and having his first daughter, Bimal settled in Milford in 1978. His hard work ethic led him to become the Chief Financial Officer at the former Landon Associates in Boston for 21 years until his retirement. Later, he served as controller for the World Society for the Protection of Animals, formerly in Natick.
While acclimating to American life, Bimal never lost his ties to his mother country, India. He was a very spiritual man who followed the teachings of Sri Ramakrishna and the Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi, through the guidance of the late Swami Sarvagatananda at the Ramakrishna Vedanta Society in Boston. He also maintained strong relationships with Swami Tyagananda in Boston, and with Swami Yogatmananda in Providence.
Bimal enjoyed reading the Kathamrita with the words of Sri Ramakrishna every morning before starting his daily routine. He also deeply loved singing Vedantic hymns, along with Indian songs by Satinath Mukherjee and Jagjit and Chitra Singh, and the lyrics to songs by the Carpenters, Perry Como, Simon and Garfunkel, Elton John, and Billy Joel, among many others. Bimal loved sports, and was an athlete who was an avid cricket player and a skilled soccer player in Calcutta.
A man of many selfless acts, he enjoyed volunteering at a soup kitchen in Boston, donating clothes to the poor in India, and supporting the Boston Children’s Hospital, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The Salvation Army, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and the American Red Cross.
Along with his wife Minati, he is survived by his two daughters, Sobha Mithu Lahiri and Rakhi Lahiri of Malden, MA; a brother Dr. Syamal K. Lahiri of Calcutta, India, and a sister Pranati “Swapna” Misra of Calcutta, India; many nieces and nephews; and his beloved cat Tilly. He was predeceased by two sisters, Gayatri “Dolly” Bhattacharya and Suniti “Lilly” Bhattacharya.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 1 PM in the Buma-Sargeant Funeral Home, 42 Congress Street, Milford followed by prayers at the Rural Crematory in Worcester. Donations in Bimal’s memory can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Shriners Hospitals for Children.